Christmas Light Bulb Cookies
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Christmas Light Bulb Cookies recipe are a fun treat to make with your kids for the holidays! These will become a holiday favorite and are almost too pretty to eat.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 dozen
For Cookies:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For Frosting:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ - 2 tablespoon milk
For decorating:
  • 1 small tube of black icing for drawing the strings on cookies
  • mini M&Ms, for light bulbs
  • sprinkles, if desired
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in egg and then the vanilla extract, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. In small increments, add this to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low until incorporated.
  5. Chill the dough for at an hour or more.
  6. When dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350ºF.
  7. Roll out dough to your preferred thickness. Don't make them too thin or they will get hard when baking.
  8. Cut out circles with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter (or rim of a glass).
  9. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined or silicone mat lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just golden around the edges. Check at 8 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Buttercream Frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, cream sugar, butter, vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add milk a little at a time until frosting is spreadable and desired consistency.2a1
  3. Spread on cookies.
For decorating:
  1. Pipe a thin black line onto each cookie, and then press mini M&Ms sideways into frosting (see photos for reference).
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